Reed Should Explain Shutdown Vote — or Apologize

Today’s economic news is quite good. The unemployment rate has fallen below 6 per cent for the first time since July 2008, and 248,000 new jobs were created in September. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has increased its estimate of new jobs created in July and August.

Our nation’s economic recovery is no thanks to Tom Reed, our congressman. In October 2013, Reed voted to continue the government shutdown, which reduced our GDP by $24 billion and cut the rate of economic growth by .6 per cent, according to Standard and Poor’s.  The spending cuts Reed continues to favor for Social Security, Medicare, and other programs  are just the opposite of what the country needs as it seeks to get back on the path of economic growth,

Reed has never really explained his 2013 vote to damage the economy, as this blog has pointed out before.  He owes the voters either an explanation or an apology.

In the midst of the shutdown, Martha Robertson, the Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd, had this to say about Reed and his fellow Tea Party extremists. “Their reckless actions are hurting Americans and threatening our fragile economic recovery.”

Martha was right about that, making one more reason to vote for her on November 4.

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3 Responses to Reed Should Explain Shutdown Vote — or Apologize

  1. Anne says:

    An honorable man would admit his wrongdoing and resign his office, effective immediately.


  2. solodm says:

    My all time favorite Reed quote, which was stated after the shutdown was lifted, goes right to the core of Tom Reed’s weak ( or nonexistent) character. His “full-throated support” for the shutdown, when openly questioned and cornered – was reduced to this pitiful excuse for an answer:
    “I question the strategy that was deployed because you are essentially telling the American people that you are going to do something that you know you cannot do, given the facts at hand,” Reed said. “So to me it was a poor strategy. I questioned that strategy, but we found ourselves in there.”

    ” But we just found ourselves there…” – accepting full back pay.


  3. pystew says:

    It sounds like he was “forced” to vote the way he did, or, at least he thought he had to vote that way. Is that because he has sold his political soul to the Tea Party? I think so. We need someone who is able to tell the leaders “No!”

    Look what Martha has done to Governor Cuomo about Fracking—she help to start the group of elected officials against moving too quickly to approve fracking—and Governor Cuomo has had the DEC study Fracking in more detail, and the Moratorium has been in effect for five years.

    Martha also has broken with Cuomo by voting to repeal the SAFE Act. Rep. Reed is a puppet, and then complains about it (above quote) and/or pretends that he hasn’t voted that way (Saying how important early childhood education is after he votes to defund early childhood education).

    He is a weak representative.


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